This collection of fiction, cumulatively Dice Hearts and Other Islands, explores both the isolation of islands and the connections that can be made between them. While these islands can be the physical landmasses of the sea, in this collection islands also refer to the isolated selves of the characters. Inspired by Elizabeth Strout’s narrative style in her novel Olive Kitteridge, the short stories in this collection similarly unveil the two main characters through stories bridged with connections. The latter half of this collection, a play and a monologue, are influenced by the playwright John Cariani. As are the topics of several of his plays, these pieces focus on the connections between people and how these bridges are created and sustained.
While isolation may be craved, these characters continuously find themselves longing for a bridge.
O'Brien, Bailey, "Dice Hearts And Other Islands" (2014). Honors College. 149.